The Star: June 22, 2017


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life behind the lens remembered

He captured many important

moments in history, including

a lot of the central city footage

immediately after the February

22, 2011, earthquake, which is

still used today.

Mr Fitzgerald said one of Mr

Madden’s biggest strengths was

his ability to help people open up

on camera.

“I’ll always remember some of

his whitebaiting pieces filmed on

the Coast, where he really loved

what he was doing. The colours,

the sunrises and sunsets, the

water, the older people’s faces,

he just made it sparkle,” he


Although Mr Madden was

not impressed with Antarctica,

he loved the West Coast, and

also took any opportunity to get

in a helicopter or four-wheeldrive.

“He loved the outdoors but you

wouldn’t get him hiking up a hill,

he preferred to drive or fly. He

had his own 4WD and he loved

it, arm out the window, Ray Bans

on,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

He said Mr Madden had

“underneath his gruff exterior,

a lot of kindness,” and took the

time to take many young people

under his wing and train them

BEHIND THE SCENES: Ron Madden filming a television piece

in 1984.

– including Phil Keoghan, who

went on to host The Amazing


He had many nicknames

– Ron to friends, Mads to

workmates, and “builders crack”

for the low-rider jeans he wore

“before they were cool.”

Outside work, Mr Madden

was a passionate clay shooter,

and represented New Zealand

at several international


Former South Island Clay

Shooters president Neil

Winsloe said Mr Madden was

instrumental in setting up and

running the club.

“If there were things to be

done, Ron would do them. He

was a great organiser, whether it

was organising accommodation

for a trip or fundraising for the

club. He was a lot of fun. And

he was a good drinker, always

had a lot of stories. Without his

assistance and backing, the club

would not be what it is in the

South Island today, that’s for

sure,” he said.

Mr Madden finished his

eulogy with a message to his

wife, Deanne Harvey: “Thank

you, thank you, Deanne, for


Mr Fitzgerald said Mr Madden

had to finish at work early last

year because of his cancer, after

barely taking a day sick in his

life – he had 280 sick days owing

when he left.

“All in all, he was a really good

person, a really decent bloke,

and a bit of a legend in his own

lifetime,” he said.

A service to remember Mr

Madden’s life will be held next

month where his eulogy will be

handed out..


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